A Plea For Justice: The Timothy Cole Story

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During the closing months of 1984 and extending through March 25, 1985, a number of violent rapes occurred around Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. As a result, females, both students and employees of the university, along with those who worked in the general area, were caught up in a wave of terror in the persona of the Tech rapist.

A PLEA FOR JUSTICE: The Timothy Cole Story describes how a 24-year-old black student and an army veteran became entangled in a web of deceit cast by an overly-aggressive police investigation, unjustly arrested without any physical evidence to link him to the crime, falsely convicted, and then incarcerated for aggravated sexual assault on a fellow student whom he had never seen until the first day of his trial. Before he passed away while serving the thirteenth of a twenty-five year sentence, Tim Cole expressed a fervent desire to be vindicated, exonerated, and pardoned, and in an effort to honor his last wishes, a devoted mother and family, supported and represented by the Innocence Project of Texas, carried the fight to the state courts, to both houses of the state's legislature, to the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and finally to the governor.

This is a gut-wrenching story of courage, devotion, conviction, honor, a family that never compromised its principles, and how at the end of a struggle that lasted almost twenty-five years, the foundations of how the Lone Star State conducts criminal investigations and treats its exonerees are rocked to the very core.

In the Foreword, Jeff Blackburn, Chief Counsel of the Innocence Project of Texas, writes: "Anyone who wants to know the truth about how our criminal justice system really works should read this book. Anyone who wants to know what the system does to its victims should also read it. When told well, as in these pages, truth has the power to change people's minds. Until that day, some of us will keep fighting for the Tim Coles of the world, but now, armed with this book, we'll do so with more faith than we had before."

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Fred B. McKinley retired with the Louisiana Department of Justice, in which he served as a supervisory criminal investigator with the Attorney General's office. A native of Beaumont, Texas, he completed undergraduate work at Lamar State College of Technology and his Master's degree at Lamar University, before attending Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he received a law enforcement certification.

He lives with his wife Dottie in Burleson, Texas.

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"By telling the story as an honest reporter, McKinley has done more to reveal the flaws of the Texas system than any reform advocate or "movement person" ever could."

--Jeff Blackburn, Chief Counsel, Innocence Project of Texas

The book reads like a cliff-hanging suspense novel, but it is a true story that will shake your faith in the criminal justice system while, at the same time, give you renewed hope for the redemptive spirit of human beings.

Author Fred B. McKinley, a former criminal investigator with the Louisiana Attorney General s Office, takes the case of a convicted rapist and meticulously dissects it to the point that the reader is able to see the flaws in eyewitness identification, collected state s evidence and human nature that jelled into an amalgam of circumstances that would put an innocent man behind bars.

A Plea for Justice: The Timothy Cole Story introduces us to a series of victims, including women who have been raped and a young college student who became the system s scapegoat as he was charged, tried, convicted and incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. McKinley s artful and scientific reporting brilliantly paints a picture of the ultimate victim in this case -- Justice itself.

Using his investigatory skills and his talent as a writer, McKinley detailed character studies of the principals: the rape victims, police officers, prosecutors, the judge, the true perpetrator of the crimes and the innocent man and his family. What unfolds is a study of the criminal justice system and how Cole, a veteran and Texas Tech student, would eventually be exonerated, but only after his death. Cole would become the first person in Texas exonerated posthumously.

The author, with the use of carefully documented footnotes and appendices, clearly makes the case that those charged with administering justice can be so busy looking for guilt that they are unable to see the truth or, if they do, simply ignore or deny it.

In many ways Tim Cole has become the face of the Innocence Project in Texas, and after reading A Plea for Justice, you will understand why.

  --Bob Ray Sanders, Vice President/Associate Editor, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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